Thecla: A Prophetic Voice in Media Evangelization

In this book, author Domenico Agasso enters the dynamic world of Sr. Thecla Merlo, Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul, a Congregation dedicated to the spread of the Gospel using all the means of communication.

Availing himself of a wide array of documentation, the author sketches out with the precision of a historian and the fluency of a journalist the profile of a simple and straightforward woman who lived daily situations in an extraordinary way, without drama or anxiety. Sr. Thecla Merlo became the first Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul and, motivated solely by the desire to “do good,” urged and inspired her sisters to use all the means of communication for the purpose of evangelization. She led them along unexplored paths, which had to be confronted with professional preparation and the qualities of an apostle. Sr. Thecla, who was capable of working alongside others without either taking over their roles or renouncing her own, allowed herself to become involved in the daring and resourceful initiatives of Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family, with whom she collaborated in total trust because she was convinced that he was a prophet of God.

Her powerful witness to bold and prophetic faith, her openness to all people and her example of how to live the ordinary events of daily life in a holy way are still very timely today.

Published to celebrate the Centenary of the foundation of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul, this book is available in English at the following web site address:

https://store.pauline.org/english/books/thecla